Becoming a Telecommunications Engineer

As a nation, we have never been more dependent on the internet and mobile phones to keep us connected with the world around us, and we are always striving for better coverage and faster data.

Consequently, demand for telecommunications engineers appears to be increasing and many find contracting an attractive alternative to working as a full-time employee.

Working as a Telecommunications Engineer

As a Telecommunications Engineer, you will work on a contract basis in roles across a variety of telecommunication areas including:

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Advantages of working as a Telecommunications Engineer contractor

There are many advantages to working as a contractor in the Telecommunications market, including:

For more information on how working on a contract basis could benefit you, visit our benefits of contracting page.

Where to find work as a Telecommunications Engineer

To find work as a Telecommunications Engineer, your first step should be to contact one of the many recruitment agencies that specialise in the engineering or telecommunications markets. Below are some agencies and job boards that you may find useful:

Opportunities for Telecommunications Engineers overseas

Telecommunication Engineers are in short supply in Europe and further afield in New Zealand and Australia, appearing on the skilled occupation list (SOL) for both countries.

To find contracting opportunities for Telecommunications Engineers overseas, there are many recruitment agencies that work internationally. One such agency is Darwin Recruitment, who are specialists in the IT and Telecommunications markets. With offices in the UK, Amsterdam, Munich and Zurich, they offer permanent and contract positions throughout the UK and Europe.

Developing countries are experiencing significant advancements in their communication networks, which may lead to increased opportunities for skilled telecommunication experts. Technical staffing companies such as Penta Consulting work with leading telecommunication organisations such as MTN and Virgin, recruit for positions worldwide.

For more information about finding contracting roles abroad, visit our contracting abroad hub.

Rates of pay for Telecommunications Engineers

Naturally, rates of pay will vary depending on location and demand, but below are some approximate daily rates that you could expect to earn as a Telecommunications Engineer contractor (based on 2019 availability).

Job Role

Day Rate

Telecommunications Engineer

£411 per day

Telecommunications Business Analyst

£425 per day

Telecommunications Developer

£425 per day

Telecommunications Project Manager

£425 per day

For a clearer idea of the amount you could earn, try our take home pay calculator.

Should I work through an umbrella company or my own limited company?

Whether you are planning to work in the UK or abroad, you will need to decide which business structure to use. Two of the most common options are as a limited company director or using the services of an umbrella company.

Working under an umbrella company

If you choose to operate through an umbrella company, you become an employee of that company and they will pay your salary. The advantages of working through an umbrella company are:

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